A few days later the sting was still there, but I was trying to get on with my life. "Hey, did you listen to your Beta Band cd?" Julia said. "It's pretty good, right?" I believe my exact reaction was, I can't believe I didn't get to see Radiohead and all I got was this stupid cd!!!!!! In other words, I may not have given it a fair shot. And then I put it away and forgot about it for the next eight years.
Until two days ago when I needed some packing music, and came across The Three E.P.'s in my iTunes. Meh, why not, I thought. And holy shit, guys! It's good! This album, it just grooves. I mean, check this song out:
Dry the Rain
I love a song that starts out chill, and then builds, and then builds some more. But if you want to know how completely the Beta Band was not on my radar, apparently I even managed to gloss over that part in High Fidelity where they put this song on, and all the music store doofs stand around nodding their heads.
Now this song...this song I love. This song gets stuck in my head. Check it out:
She's the One
It just grooves and builds, grooves and builds. And this is why I could never be a music critic; apparently I have a musical vocabulary of two words. Three, if you count awesome! (I do).
In conclusion: The Beta Band. Who knew? (Other than their legions of fans, all of these amazon.com reviewers, and anyone who ever saw the movie High Fidelity). So, where have I been for the last ten years? In a cave, apparently. But man, does it feel good to be back outside in the sunshine.